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A broad research platform

Engaging about 300 researchers at Lund University and the University of Gothenburg, BECC brings together scientists from the natural and social sciences to perform research essential in understanding the combined consequences of anthropogenic emissions, climate change and land-use change on biodiversity and ecosystem services on local, regional, national and global scales, to provide a scientific basis for the sustainable management of ecosystems and biodiversity.

The ability of societies to tackle the complex social-ecological questions we face today depend on excellent research and the integration of it into management practices and policy development. BECC belives that, if we are to solve the questions, there is a need for multiple research disciplines and methods that only together have the possibility to provide answers. Therefore, BECC consists of scientists from different research backgrounds and include both

  • natural and social sciences,
  • observational data and modelling, 
  • basic and applied research,
  • intradisciplinary, interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary takes on reserach questions, and 
  • matters of regional, national or international interest.


The vision of BECC is to provide a world-leading research environment that brings together excellent research and training at Lund University and the University of Gothenburg to address our society's need for knowledge about the dynamics between biodiversity and ecosystem services in a rapidly changing world. The knowledge generated by BECC serves the integration of biodiversity and ecosystem services into policy development, decision-making and praxis, from local to global levels.


In particular, BECC aims to:

  • assess the combined consequences of anthropogenic emissions, climate and land-use change on biodiversity and ecosystem services and provide a basis for informed societal responses, with a focus on critical changes in forest, agricultural, urban and arctic ecosystems, including interactions between terrestrial and aquatic systems.
  • support local, national and global policymakers through the scientific evaluations of policy options, including adaptation and mitigation strategies to global change, the conservation of biodiversity and resilience of ecosystems and their services.
  • create synergies and added value to global change research by developing and bringing together theories and methods from different disciplines such as biology, economics, environmental science, geology, political science and physical geography, and by integrating stakeholder experience in the research process.


BECC receives 25 million SEK annually in direct funding from the Swedish Government. External funding and co-funding by the universities amounts to about 115 million each year.



Coordinator Lund, Henrik Smith

+46 46 222 93 79
henrik [dot] smith [at] biol [dot] lu [dot] se

Coordinator Gothenburg, Håkan Pleijel

+46 31 786 25 32
hakan [dot] pleijel [at] bioenv [dot] gu [dot] se

Deputy Coordinator, Anna Maria Jönsson

+46 46 222 94 10
anna_maria [dot] jonsson [at] nateko [dot] lu [dot] se

Research Coordinator, Josefin Madjidian

+46 46 222 98 15
josefin [dot] madjidian [at] cec [dot] lu [dot] se

Research Administrator, Lina Nikoleris

+46 761 34 85 62
lina [dot] nikoleris [at] cec [dot] lu [dot] se


Visiting address

The Ecology Building 
Sölvegatan 37 
The Ecology Building in Google Maps

Postal address

Centre for Environmental and Climate Science
Sölvegatan 37
223 62 Lund